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Sean Henderson

Excellent points! Nice write up.

Regarding audit trails and recusion, that's mainly why I transitioned to fish shell abbreviations instead of regular aliases. It's basically more like a text expansion than actually changing the meaning of a set of characters.

Regarding predictability in portability, I try to only use mnemonic patterns with the first letter of each word. For example, I run gaaand in my head say git add --all as I type. This keeps them quite predictable, and on the rare occasion that I don't have my aliases the command is still in muscle / mental memory in a weird kind of way.

That being said, if I didn't have nerve damage in my hands that slows down my typing, I would probably be use them a lot less for many of the reasons stated above.